In the play “An inspector calls” by J.B priestly, Mr Birling and Shelia Birling have contrasting attitudes to social issues. The author uses this to difference to highlight the diversity between generations and their reaction to situations faced. Arthur Birling is the father to Shelia Birling and is presented as the old fashion generation whereas Shelia is the young generation, who is more aware of the responsibility she has towards other people.The play begins with Mr birling and his family celebrating the engagement of Shelia and Gerald. The atmosphere is happy and light-hearted. Before the inspector arrives, Mr Birling is happy with life and himself “It’s one of the happiest nights of my life.” This shows that Mr Birling is quire selfish because he only thinks that it is one of the happiest nights of his life and not of Shelia and Gerald.
At this point everyone is in a happy mood, however their mood soon changes when the inspector arrives, the play shows Mr Birling as an inpatient powerful businessman, the play also shows that Mr Birling is a really proud man he is proud of himself and what he has accomplished. Almost the first thing Mr birling says to the inspector is “I was a alderman for years-and lord mayor two years ago-and I’m still on the bench-so I think I know Bromley police officers pretty well.” Mr Birling is trying to emphasise his status and how important he is to the inspector. His first intention is to make a good impression rather than finding out why the inspector has called; when Mr Birling does ask why the inspector has called Mr Birling soon becomes impatient when the inspector does not fully answer the question. This shows that Mr Birling is an impatient man and it also shows that Mr Birling thinks he is more important than the inspector.
Mr Birling is not a very patient man and once he asked a question he expect it to be answered immediately but the inspector doesn’t do this which shows that Mr Birling is a very impatient man and he doesn’t like to be ignored. “Look-there’s nothing mysterious-or scandalous-about the business- at least not as far as I’m concerned.” This sentence does not flow well which emphasises the inpatients, this also shows the selfishness and attitude he presents towards others this shows that he only thinks about himself. Mr Birling immediately dismisses his responsibility he tries to cover up his embarrassment. Mr Birling is the older generation he talks down to people he doesn’t respect anyone he always thinks his status is higher than everyone else’s.
As the play progress Mr Birling is getting weaker, at the beginning of the play Mr Birling was in control he was making long speeches about how good life is, as soon as the inspector comes in he starts to get angry and defensive. “ (Angrily) Why the devil do you want to go upsetting the child like that?” In this quote Mr Birling was angry he was shouting which shows as the play goes on he got anger and towards the end of the play Mr Birling...